Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Out numbered...

Sunday found me at the mall alone with my 4 kids as my wife entertained some friends at our house for a few hours.

As I was planning this day out I thought to myself, "No big deal, lunch, a movie and some much needed quality time with my kids... no electronics or mommy, what could go wrong? "

Here are "some" of the things I did not account for while flying solo on an outing on a pleasant Sunday to the Mall, No Parking, Crowds, Opening weekend of kids movie,  7yo girl bathroom needs w/ no Family Bathroom and only 1 person working concession stand *sigh*

Big T was up to the challenge, as long as there was Chocolate Milk and Hot Pretzels:

#1, Not so much:

As we were waiting for our lunch to arrive a song came on in the restaurant and The Pink One's eyes lit up! She started to move to the beat that we both instantly recognized...

TPO: Daddy, it's ICE-ICE baby!  I danced to this in competition last year!
Yours Truly: Yes, I remember you dancing to Ice-Ice baby. But Sweetie...
TPO: (interrupting me) is this a different version?!? I don't recognize it.
YT: It's not a different version, it's the original song called "Under Pressure". They used (read: stole) part of it to make Ice-Ice baby.
TPO (pauses and scrunches up her face). I don't like this version, mine dance version is MUCH better!
YT:(face palm, no sense arguing with a 7 yo)
YT: Only when I watch YOU dancing to it sweetie...

agh...  kids!

In honor of David recently joining Freddie and to educate TPO as to what GREAT music sounds like:

Side note- Every time I hear Freddie Mercury sing I'm  reminded of something I once heard/read:
"We lost Freddie Mercury and have Justin Beiber for the same reason, because someone didn't use a condom"
I wish I could give credit to the original source of that comment. I'm sure its out there on the internet somewhere. 

Anyway, musical differences aside,  the day was success:
1.  5 hours of QT alone with my kids
2. I came home with all of the same kids that I left with
3. they were all in one piece 

The kicker, I even got the following unsolicited comment out of #1 on the ride home:
"I had a lot of fun today, I'm glad we did this" 

Blink, Blink... well, I'll take that as a solid gold compliment (from a teenager no less) that I'm doing something right. (or finally did something right) Either way it was a win for me!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Sounds about right...

I was over at theChive.com and found a few items on this post that made me laugh.

This one is pretty much on par for the morning routine in Casa de Coop, although in the middle of 4:45 & 7:30 my wife also wakes, feeds and puts clothes out for  #1 for a 6:50 Bus pick-up, then its wash, rinse, repeat for Big Red, The Pink One and T for a 8:00 Bus pick up.  Oh I will wake up a little early on garbage day.  Unless it's winter, then I can put it out the night before because #bearssuck!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Overheard at the Homestead

Going through the morning routine my wife was double checking she set out everything required for school attire: 

Mommy: Big T, where is your underwear?

Big T: I don't need underwear.
M: No? 
Big T: nope, I just need to be very careful when I use my zipper!

Hard lesson to learn, even when you are 4 years old.  

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When did that happen?

I smiled when I woke this morning and thought about the morning 13 years ago, it was a day very similar to today, cold, brisk and bright sunshine. I could barely contain the anxiety on the ride to the doctor, then to the hospital. Several hours later, low and behold, #1 was born and I was now "daddy". (blink...blink... ) the smile faded when it occurred to me, "son of a b!tch, I can remember being 13!!!"

heh I'm told that raising a teenager is where the rubber meets the road and you truly earn your stripes as a parent.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Christmas Creep, IRS Style...

Christmas seemed to come a bit earlier than usual this year,  didn't it Ms. Lerner

I know this is going to come as a shock to many people, but it would appear that the IRS scandal has come to a close with NO CRIMINAL CHARGES!!! BTW, this was predicted by yours truly, here and again here.

Since I'm on a roll, I'm going to go out on that limb again let ya'll know it's going to be the same damn thing with Bengazi and the email server for Madam Secretary.   Regardless, she'll be able to pardon herself in a little over 12 months anyway.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Overheard at the Homestead

The Pink One: Is it your anniversary?

Wife: No, That is next month. Why?

TPO: Then why are you going out with Daddy tonight if its not your anniversary?

Wow, even a 7 year kid knows we have no life...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Notes from the weekend...

It would appear that changing classses and other activities realted to Middle School is rather exhausting...

This is on the way to practice. Turns out that several of his teammates were in a similar condition prior to arrival at the ball field. Ahhh puberty.

It was a busy weekend for him... The next night he was out trekking with the boy scouts on a backpack trip where he'd carry all of his supplies and food in his backpack. He'd pitch his tent, prepare his dinner on his portable stove and then hike 10 miles along the AT the next morning.

Big T has new hobby which is good thing. It consists of a metal detector, a shovel and my backyard, which is not so much of good thing.  He asked for my help and I showed him how scan the ground and using a nail on the deck what he should hear when found something. I then sent him into the back yard and told him to call me over in the event that he found anything and I'd help him dig. ( I was to be the digger and he was the scanner) I walked inside to grabbed a water, returned to the deck and prepared to settle on the deck to read while I thought he'd wandered aimlessly about the yard finding little... I never got to sit down. I heard the first beep, went to help him retrieve the random lost nail, I'd start to head back to the deck and the detector would beep again...
Final tally: ~ 6 nails, 10-12" piece of wire, a unrecognizable piece of iron and the top cap of watch battery.

Oh and about a dozen holes in my yard... although it is hard to tell thanks to the dog and the lack of rain we've had this summer. I'm going to take him to the local swimming hole once they close it down and drain it a little bit to see if we can't find some real treasure!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

When Good Copper goes bad and other notes form the weekend...

Heh...The grey water drain pipe went and split on us late last week and I do mean "Split"

It was installed as part of the original plumbing ~50 years ago, long before PVC was the norm.  Who am I to complain, I know I have more than few cracks and splits after almost 50 years!

Unfortunately it was behind the finished walls installed by one of the previous owners. We've converted the area to a storage area so we don't use the area all that much. Since it was walled in and carpeted it prolonged the discovery, read: big f'n mess!

My repairs will hold it for now but I want to replace the 1.5" pipe with 2" or 3" plumbing.  I did not realize this short coming when I first bought the house, otherwise I would have addressed it earlier. ie- before we moved in,  my oversight... live and learn

In other news:

-I'm hear to tell you that when it comes to appliances, GE stand for "good enough" as in good enough to last until the warranty expires. Fridge went over the weekend and we were fortunately enough to catch it before we lost any food. Turns out my Father in-law had a spare fridge that he just removed from a rental property when they refurbished the house.  So we have something (much smaller) in place until we decide what we want to do going forward. A friend of mine who works on commercial units tells me that regardless of the brand, most household refrigerators will only last 5 years, tops.

- Sitting on hillside over looking the valley as the sunset and enjoying ice cream  with my family, made the line that stretched over 100' out the door just to get into the creamery worth it.  (My choice-  Great White Way: White chocolate ice cream with dark chocolate chunks and raspberry swirl.

- A small (1/6) Keg of Sam Adams Oktoberfest costs a LOT more than I recall.  I'm guessing that the half kegs come with financing options.  However, it is still cheaper in the long run. I did the math, the small keg costs the same as 7 six packs* yet holds equivalent of 9.19 six packs.  Regardless, even if the cost were the same, I'd still opt for the keg. The simple truth is that draft beer just tastes better.

-Thank you to the folks at Apple Support for crediting the equivalent of three half kegs worth** of in-game app purchases.  No questions asked. Although our detailed explanation that accompanied the request, coupled with the review of the purchases over the 5 day period in question and seeing that we deactivated the offending device from the authorized purchase list probably was all the confirmation that was needed, 

*your mileage may vary.  
**This one is for extra credit and, no, it is not an exaggeration.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Overheard at the Homestead

Wife: I was really surprised yesterday, #1 showed that he actually cares for me.
Your truly: Why, what happened?
W: I bumped my head while he and I were looking for the TV remote and he stopped and asked if I was "OK".
YT:  He was just making sure you were OK so you could make him a sandwich.
W: you're probably right